Gardens, Big Colour, Soft Candy Recommended

When: Sat., March 10, 9:30 p.m. 2012

Somebody recently asked a guy I know from Detroit why the girls in his hometown were so attractive. He replied, "It's because everything else here is just so fucking ugly." Detroit's juxtaposition of sexiness and grime has long been a catalyst for raw, sleazy, stripped-down rock 'n' roll—from the Stooges and the MC5 through the White Stripes and beyond. Gardens carry on this tradition with their debut self-titled LP for Alive Records. "Ideas to Use" is driven by organ and female vocals, while "Maze Time" is a flat-out rager spitting attitude—Gardens proudly celebrate straightforward garage rock no matter what its flavor. Better yet, they do it with enough stomp, swagger, and soul to make Ron and Fred proud. —Luca Cimarusti Big Colour and Soft Candy open. $5 suggested donation.

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